In Steven Spielberg’s new project Terra Nova, the year is 2149 and Earth has been ruined by pollution and overpopulation.
The solution? Go back in time and try again.
85 million years back in time to the Cretaceous Period, when insects, mammals and birds coexisted dinosaurs. Terra Nova is Lost, Jurassic Park, Avatar (same commander), Idiocracy, and Land of the Loss rolled into a $4 million an episode show.
I am hooked.
But while the premise is not too far fetched considering Earth’s population is to hit 7 billion in a month, what I do question is why the Cretaceous Period? Humans weren’t even around then so we definitely hadn’t started messing things up. Wouldn’t pre-industrial revolution or pre-colonialization or simply B.C. have been good enough (though completely different TV shows)?
Is Terra Nova set in the Cretaceous Period because Spielberg and eight year old boys like dinosaurs and giant bugs?
That’s okay with me. I do too.
But if I was starting human civilization over, I wouldn’t go back to the Cretaceous Period. It’s the “Age of the Dinosaurs” for a reason.
If you could travel back in time to save Earth and/from humans, what period in history would you go?